Don’t you just love the way your hair looks when you leave the salon? And don’t you just hate when you can’t recreate that same magic at home?
Well, you can with the right techniques and tools.
We’re taking a look at how to achieve a professional¬†blowout all on your own —¬†no beauty school required.
The Secrets to Mastering a Professional Blowout at Home — A Video Tutorial
1. Prep¬†your hair.
Before you shampoo your hair, make sure you remove any knots¬†so that you’re starting with clean, tangle-free hair.
Lather¬†your hair with a volumizing shampoo, and then use conditioner to get your strands smooth and glossy.
Once you’ve towel-dried your hair, apply mousse for extra body as well as a heat-protectant spray or cream¬†to block heat damage from your blow dryer and styling tools.
2. Use the right tools.
For this tutorial, you’ll need a blow dryer, a round brush, a paddle brush, and clips.
I use an all-in-one styling tool that lets me use various attachments on my blowdryer without having to multi-task with brushes in my other hand, but that’s just me.
3. Section off your hair.
You want to divide your hair up into sections so that you can focus your efforts on smaller areas rather than your entire head.
Use clips to twist your hair into at least four to six sections, and begin blowdrying your hair¬†at the front. (You always want to start with the front of the face and get bangs, cowlicks, and roots taken care of¬†first.)
4. Concentrate heat at the roots.
Starting with the bangs or crown area, use a concentrator tool to direct heat at the roots to lift your hair.
I’m using a root-lifting attachment on my blowdryer, but you can use a round brush to roll hair away from the face instead.
5. Give it a flip.
I also like to flip my hair from side to side while blow-drying the roots. Doing so boosts volume, and it’s particularly helpful if you tend to part your hair on the same side over and over and over again.
6. Smooth with a paddle brush.
Once you’ve dried a section with the concentrator, use a paddle brush to smooth the hair.
This is especially smart¬†for frizzy hair types, which need to be straightened more quickly in general.
After you’ve smoothed each section, use your fingers to roll it into a loose pin curl and secure it with a clip as you move on to other sections.
7. Add bounce.
After you’ve dried your entire hair, you’ll take down each clip one at a time and use the round brush to add soft curls to the ends.
Use a shine spray if you prefer for a glossy touch.
8. Lock in your style.
If you’re in a rush, just spritz your hair with hairspray and get on with your day.
If you have extra time, pin¬†each section again as you move throughout your hair and let it cool in that position¬†for maximum body and lift.